MERA bosses risk arrest over maize deal

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Bosses at the Malawi Energy Regulatory Authority (MERA) face arrest following unlawful payment to Admarc to purchase maize for its depots.

Local media reports revealed that MERA paid K2.9 billion to Admarc to buy 10,000 metric tonnes of maize.

BribeAccording to a report by audit firm PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mera used funds meant to cushion fuel price known as Price Stabilization Funds (PSF) to buy the maize.

The Public Finance Management Act takes the action to be “unlawful” and seeks to punish those behind such payments to pay a fine and serve a jail term of five years.

Section 88 of the Act under subsection 2  states that a person found with an offence of giving a payment without appropriate permit to such expenditure, is liable to a fine of K100,000 and serve a five year jail term.

Budget and finance committee of Parliament through its chairperson Rhino Chiphiko has since faulted the action by MERA arguing that it was a violation of law as the funds were meant to cushion Malawians from fuel hike shocks.

Meanwhile, the body has been approving fuel hike prices arguing that the commodity’s global prices are rising.

Malawi’s finance ministry is yet to act on the report as they are waiting for the board to make a decision.

Minister responsible Goodall Gondwe vowed to take the issue further if the board fails to make the decision on the matter shortly.

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  1. That cant hapen under our lovely APM mera, macra, escom, no body will be arrested this institutions are bringing more money to run our party DPP who can manage to cut the hands that feed you?

    Eeeee think big you fools Malawians

  2. Kkkkkkkk its not news 2here such issues am fed up with the current governmnt totaly hops loss afta recognise that we planted on the rock,at the end 2019 wil close the chapta

  3. Kkkkkkkk its not news 2here such issues am fed up with the current governmnt totaly hops loss afta recognise that we planted on the rock,at the end 2019 wil close the chapta

  4. Kkkkkkkk its not news 2here such issues am fed up with the current governmnt totaly hops loss afta recognise that we planted on the rock,at the end 2019 wil close the chapta

  5. Kkkkkkkk its not news 2here such issues am fed up with the current governmnt totaly hops loss afta recognise that we planted on the rock,at the end 2019 wil close the chapta

  6. Kkkkkkkk its not news 2here such issues am fed up with the current governmnt totaly hops loss afta recognise that we planted on the rock,at the end 2019 wil close the chapta

  7. Kkkkkkkk its not news 2here such issues am fed up with the current governmnt totaly hops loss afta recognise that we planted on the rock,at the end 2019 wil close the chapta

  8. Kkkkkkkk its not news 2here such issues am fed up with the current governmnt totaly hops loss afta recognise that we planted on the rock,at the end 2019 wil close the chapta

  9. Kkkkkkkk its not news 2here such issues am fed up with the current governmnt totaly hops loss afta recognise that we planted on the rock,at the end 2019 wil close the chapta

  10. By putting the word “Boss” nkhani basi yavuta, bosses in Malawi they don’t get arrested apart from being harassed and get their disturbance dues at the end of it all, its only the poor sleeps in the cooler.

  11. I don’t think there will be a government that will not have thieves except when Jesus will come to rule the world. Kulakwa mkumadzitsata za ndalezi mitu izitipweteka daily. Palibe wa ndalama mmalawi muno yemwe adzatenge ulamuliro osaba, who ever tingamukhulupilire will end up disappointing us. Let’s all put our trust in the Almighty God we’ll never get disappointed

  12. First we heard of 3bn cashgate,No arrests made.When a Govt is run by Thieves cannot arrest fellow Thieves. Change of Malawi leader 2019 is going to sweep all Thieves to Maula prison.At the mention of arresting Thieves Dpp will fight with teeth and nails to Rig 2019 elections thinking that is the only way to dodge Hand-cuffs which are waiting for them. Where is Forensic report of 577bn dpp cashgate. ??

  13. Kodi chimangacho chinapita kuti? M’mesa akuti chinapita ku ADMARC anthu nkumagula motchipa. Zikukhalatu ngati atagula anakatsiya m’makomo mwawo kumakadya okha ndi mabanja awo. Palibe chifukwa chowamangira pamenepo.